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Padova model UPR, 2° edition, November 2019

The Master's degree in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance at the University of Padua, with the support of the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies and of the Human Rights Center “A. Papisca ”of the University of Padua, 

is organizing the 

Padua Model UPR 2019, at UN Model (MUN) at the University of Padua

What's a UN Model (MUN)?

"Model United Nations", or MUN , is a widespread type of academic project in which the diplomatic activities are taken Similar projects replicated in other international organizations, such as the EU institutions or the ILO bodies. MUNs drive students to learn by engagement, rather than just reading books.

What's the UPR?

The " Universal Periodic Review" (UPR)  is a unique procedure within the  UN human rights machinery. Mechanism of the Human Rights Council based on peer-to-peer cooperation among UN Member States. Any country can address recommendations, which can either support or "note" them, and must implement those accepted. Member State actions and performances in the field of human rights and encouragement. UPR sessions are conducted three times a year in Geneva by the Human Rights Council Working Group, composed by the 47 Member States of the Council, with participation in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The output of the Working Group, in a subsequent ordinary session, which is then approved by the Council in a subsequent session. Over the UPR cycles, the procedure drives the state to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

What's the Padova Model UPR?

The Padua Model UPR is a simulation of the actual UPR procedure. The main phases includes: the articulation and drafting of the state positions on human rights implementation, both domestically and vis-à-vis the others' States performances; the interactive dialogue within the Human Rights Council Working Group; the adoption of the final UPR report on the States under review and the comments of the civil society organizations.

The Padova Model UPR offers master's degree in non-formal education activity. .

Teams must thoroughly analyze the human rights performance of the State they are included in the exercise. Teams set up their positions and play their roles in the simulation trying to reflect the political environment of the assigned State. National Human Rights Institutions. Each team will therefore give voice to the government, but also to civil society.

Outline of the main phases: 

1) Preparatory phase: October-early November, 2019

October : all teams are assigned the role of a State. Each team has a report on the status of the relevant national stakeholders. This document will be the basis for their subsequent processing in the simulation phase.

Late October : The Secretariat organizes seminars (in presence and online) and publishes tutorials to train and provide inputs to the teams.

Early November : Teams are assigned roles of States under Review (SuR) or Reviewing States (RS).

2) Final phase: PADOVA MODEL UPR 2019, The Simulation: Padua, 27-29 November 2019

Day 1 (afternoon): pre-session: civil society / NHRIs from SuRs brief the governmental representatives of RSs; 

Day 2 : simulation of the UPR Working Group session with six SuR and RS.

Day 3 : Adoption of the UPR reports on the SuR by the Human Rights Council.

Who can apply? 

Applicants can be students from any Universities, attending undergraduate or master's courses in Law, Political Sciences, International Relations, Human Rights, and related fields. 

Students can apply individually or in a group of three. For the 2019 edition of the Padova Model UPR it was decided to allow for the participation of up to 12 teams.

Although it may include more students, it is only in the final phase of the simulation (in Padua, on November 27-29).

How to apply?

Applicants have to fulfill the online form with personal data and basic knowledge about the UPR mechanism. The applications will be selected considering the best motivations and answers to the questions.

Call For Applications

Final call for International Applications is opened from 16th of September until 4th of October. Selected teams will be announced on the 8th of October.

The Call of Applications for Padua's students is Now Open and will close on the 8th of October. Selected teams will be announced on the 10 of October.

Individual applications: apply here

Teams applications: apply here .

Why to apply? 

To directly experience challenges and dynamics that Government officials, diplomats, human rights defenders, independent institutions etc. face in dealing with the UPR. 

Students can expand their knowledge of the UN environment, taking advantage of the involvement of academics, experts, human rights officers. Moreover, participants will have the chance to reach fellow students from other universities.

Participants may network with other students in a vibrant academic environment such as the University of Padua.

Participating students will be awarded with a Certificate of Attendance, provided by the OHCHR, together with UPR Info and University of Padua. Moreover, best teams and players will receive an additional award.

Where can I start to get familiar with the UPR mechanism? 

Please start with the following:

UPR Infohttp://www.upr-info.org

UN Human Rights Protection Mechanisms (OHCHR website):  http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/Pages/HumanRightsBodies.aspx

International Human Rights Law (OHCHR website):  http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/InternationalLaw.aspx

Universal Human Rights Index (OHCHRwebsite):  http://uhri.ohchr.org 

Is there any participation fee? 

No, there is no participation fee for the students. 

Are there any reimbursement / financial support for team delegates?

No financial support and no reimbursement are provided for participating in the Padua simulation. The organization provides for lunches and coffee breaks.

Contact:  upr.modelpadova@gmail.com



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